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    Sale 2825

    The Decorative Arts Sale

    30 June - 1 July 2009, Amsterdam

  • Lot 516

    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND VERDE-ANTICO MARBLE FIGURAL STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK 'A LA BACCHANTE ALLONGEE'

    BLANC FILS, PALAIS ROYAL, PARIS. EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    AN EMPIRE ORMOLU AND VERDE-ANTICO MARBLE FIGURAL STRIKING MANTEL CLOCK 'A LA BACCHANTE ALLONGEE'
    BLANC FILS, PALAIS ROYAL, PARIS. EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The case surmounted by a draped bacchic nymph reclining on a tasseled pillow and holding aloft vine, on a profusely mounted dormeuse with drapings, palmettes, goats, lions, fruitbaskets and musical trophies above satyr-headed goat feet on a stepped green marble plinth base with later circular feet, the white enamel Arabic dial signed Blanc Fils Palais Royal, twin barrel movement with anchor escapement and silk suspension with countwheel strike on bell; pendulum
    52 cm. high x 49 cm. wide x 18 cm. deep


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    Blanc Fils (Le Blanc), recorded working in Paris (Palais Royal), circa 1807-1825.

    With its Bacchic masks, grapes and ewers flanking the sofa on which lays the bacchante, and the satyr attributes such as the syrinx, goat and hoof feet, this clock is emblematic of the tragic loves of Erigone and Bacchus. After Bacchus presented the first grape vine to Erigone's father, Icarios, and taught him the art of wine-making, Icarios was slained by shepherds encountered on his travels, who had become inebriated after discovering the fatal drink.

    Among related clocks featuring Erigone charmée par l'Amour, a clock by Thomire is in the Musée du Louvre, Paris (illustrated in H. Ottomeyer & P. Pröschel, Vergoldete Bronzen, Munich 1986, p.379, fig. 5.15.19) another at Pavlovsk (ill. A. Vassilievna Alexeieva, Pavlovsk, the Collections, Paris 1993, vol. I, p. 184, fig. 7), and another illustrated in P. Kjellberg, Encyclopédie de La Pendule Française, Paris 1997, p. 402, fig. C).
    Closely related examples by Thomire were sold: Christie's New York, 24 November 1998, lot 44 ($101,500); Blanchet Paris, 15 December 1999, lot 92 (FF400,000), and another by André-Antoine Ravrio, Sotheby's Amsterdam, 3 December 2002, lot 21 (Eur59,245).

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    Provenance

    Château d'Aurelles de Paladines, St Loup, France.
    Christie's King Street, Important European Furniture and Sculpture, sale 7608, 10 July 2008, lot 4.